SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 2, 2013

A Confirmatory Factor Analytical Study of a Servant Leadership Measure in South Africa
IntroductionIn the relatively new field of positive psychology, researchers have recently identified leadership as essential for fostering employee engagement, team effectiveness and organisational success (Avolio & Gardner, 2005; Macik-Frey, Quick...
Assessing the Organisational and Individual Strengths Use and Deficit Improvement Amongst Sport Coaches
IntroductionIn traditional organisational and people development approaches, the majority of organisations have focused their attention towards the improvement of employee deficits. These organisations have sought to secure insight into the so-called...
Developing Positive Leadership in Health and Human Services
IntroductionWorkplace leadership development programmes represent a significant investment by employing organisations. Evidence of effectiveness is required in order to justify this investment against other, competing, priorities. This is particularly...
Dimensionality of the UWES-17: An Item Response Modelling Analysis
IntroductionPositive psychology has fundamentally changed and challenged the way in which psychologists think about the way people should be studied (Cameron, Dutton & Quinn, 2003). In contrast to a deficit focus, positive psychology emphasises human...
Effect of Psychological Capital and Resistance to Change on Organisational Citizenship Behaviour
IntroductionIn the past decade, interest has focused on positive organisational scholarship (POS) and positive-orientated research in organisations (Youssef & Luthans, 2012). Positive organisational scholarship is 'the examination of factors that...
Exploring a Model for Finding Meaning in the Changing World of Work (Part 3: Meaning as Framing Context)
IntroductionThe need for continuous organisational change in contemporary environments has become common rhetoric in both management and academic literature - an omnipresent topic in 'books, practitioner or academic journals' (Washington & Hacker,...
Inner Strategies of Coping with Operational Work Amongst SAPS Officers
IntroductionProblem statementThe work environment for South African Police Service (SAPS) officers is generally considered violent (Pienaar, Rothmann & Van de Vijver, 2007). Consequently, much research on these officers has been focused on ill-health...
Manager Relations, Psychological Need Satisfaction and Intention to Leave in the Agricultural Sector
IntroductionBackground to the studyAttracting and retaining skilled employees is a major challenge for organisations because of the global shortage of qualified candidates for skilled positions (Lowry, Turner & Fisher, 2006) and the high turnover...
Organisational Commitment, Work Engagement and Meaning of Work of Nursing Staff in Hospitals
IntroductionSouth Africa is becoming a more interdependent and interconnected country and, as a result, the mobility of skilled personnel is increasing (Pillay, 2009). Health care systems are also affected by health professionals moving out of the market,...
Perspectives of Female Leaders on Sense of Coherence and Mental Health in an Engineering Environment
IntroductionOver the past decade, research on positive organisational behaviour has increased steadily (Luthans, 2002a) and the importance of positive psychological concepts in organisational settings has been highlighted (Seligman, 2011; Seligman &...
Psychological Capital: Internal and External Validity of the Psychological Capital Questionnaire (PCQ-24) on a South African Sample
IntroductionKey focus and problem statementOccupational stress and burnout are serious problems in modern organisations. The cost of high stress and burnout levels to employers include higher staffturnover, lower morale, excessive sick leave and reduced...
Psychological Capital, Work Engagement and Organisational Commitment Amongst Call Centre Employees in South Africa
IntroductionThe call centre environment is one of the fastest-growing segments in the service sector, both in South Africa and internationally (Swart, 2006). Employees in the South African call centre sector have increased from 50 000 in 2005 to 180...
Psychological Ownership: Development of an Instrument
IntroductionProblem statementKey focus of the studyWhat is wrong with you? This question has long been the dominant mantra of Psychology. However, positive psychologists (Peterson, 2000; Seligman, 1999; Snyder, 2000) have urged other psychologists to...
Psychometric Properties of the Adult Resilience Indicator
IntroductionBackground to the studyResearch into resilience has increased substantially over the past two decades. This interest is because of a move away from 'deficit' models of illness and psychopathology because resilience theory focuses on understanding...
Seligman's Flourishing: An Appraisal of What Lies beyond Happiness
Seligman's flourishing: An appraisal of what lies beyond happinessBook Title: Flourish: A visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being Author: Martin E.P. Seligman ISBN: 978-1-4391-9075-3 Publisher: Free Press, New York, 2011, 349 pp., US$26.00*...
Sense of Coherence, Career Adaptability and Burnout of Early-Career Black Staff in the Call Centre Environment
IntroductionThe call centre environment is recognised as being one of the world's most stressful work environments (Harry & Coetzee, 2011; Jacobs & Roodt, 2011). Absenteeism, high turnover rates, constant monitoring and surveillance and the emotional...
The Development of the MACE Work-Family Enrichment Instrument
IntroductionBackground to the studyDue to the increase of women in the workforce, dual-career couples, single-parent households and fathers who are actively involved in parenting, employees may find it difficult to combine their work and family obligations...
The Experience of Women in Male-Dominated Occupations: A Constructivist Grounded Theory Inquiry
IntroductionWomen who work in male-dominated occupations face challenges that differ from those who work in more gender-balanced and female-dominated occupations. These challenges affect their retention and career success. In this study, the authors...
Towards Understanding Causality between Work Engagement and Psychological Capital
IntroductionKey focus of the studyThe South African and international business environments currently demand much more from employees than during any previous time in history (Rothmann, 2003). Modern organisations expect their employees to take a proactive...
Work-Family Enrichment and Psychological Health
IntroductionThe economically active population in post-apartheid South Africa is now almost evenly distributed across gender (men comprise 54.0% whilst women comprise 46.0%) (Congress of South African Trade Unions, 2012). The acceptance of traditional,...
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